10 Unique Holiday Gift Ideas for Business Travelers
Need a holiday gift idea for the frequent business traveler in your life? (Or, are you a frequent business traveler looking to treat yourself?) Fear not – we’ve scouted some out-of-the-box, fun, and even practical gift ideas that will be sure to impress even the pickiest business traveler in your life. Happy shopping!
The ‘Suitsy’ – Suppose you just landed after a long-haul flight and headed straight to a meeting from the airport. That would give you almost no time to change and wearing your business suit on the flight (probably not the most comfortable option you had in mind.) Enter the Suitsy: It includes all of the components of a traditional men’s business suit – a jacket, shirt, and pants – but combines them into a comfortable one-piece zip-up ensemble. The creator of the Suitsy, Jesse Herzog, reportedly got the inspiration for the idea from sitting at his desk and thinking “Wouldn’t it be nice to look professional, but feel as comfortable as I am on my couch at home?” If you agree with Herzog (or want a great gag gift for the office Yankee swap), you can purchase a Suitsy for around $340. (Sorry, ladies – Suitsys are currently only available for men.)
World Time Zone Watch – Combating jet lag and adjusting to a different time zone can be a struggle for any traveler. Luckily, a useful World Time Zone watch like this one from Cascio even includes a digital display for 9 times zones (and 30 major international cities) with an easy-to-follow city code display.
The JetBag – If you or someone you know frequents duty-free shops, the JetBag will certainly come in handy. The biodegradable bag protects bottles from shattering and in the unfortunate event that breakage does occur, the JetBag absorbs the liquid to keep the contents from contaminating everything else in your carry-on.
Mini Luggage Scale – Sometimes even the biggest packing pros need to hand their bag over to their airline to be checked. For these instances, a portable luggage scale could mean the difference between just under, or just overweight. Avoid fees and the bother of having to unpack some of your belongings in a busy check-in line so your bag can make weight. Products like the Camry luggage scale can weigh bags up to 110lbs and hooks to almost any piece of luggage – an easy way to prepare before you even step up to the check-in counter!
Bellroy’s Travel Wallet – Bellroy’s line of travel wallets go to the next level in keeping your important identification documents safe while you’re on the go. The Travel Wallet, the Elements Travel, and the Passport Sleeve offer convenient places for passports and credit cards. They also come with mini-pens to help with those customs forms. The Elements Travel — which is made of all-weather leather that protects against snow, sand, dirt, and rain — also provides space for your mobile phone, a key, and a SIM card. Bonus: the Travel Wallet and Passport Sleeve are slim enough to fit in your back pocket.
Designer Tie Rental – Dubbed as the Netflix for ties, Freshneck offers a necktie subscription for any businessman with a knack for fashion or someone who just may be tired of wearing the same old tie over and over again. A basic Silver subscription costs $20 per month for up to three items at a time, while the Platinum subscription ($55 per month) offers top designer brands (Armani, YSL, and Zegna to name a few). Freshneck promises to deliver the ties to your home, office or hotel within three days, and when you’re done, just return them in the pre-paid plastic sleeves.
Living Proof Travel Kit – Let’s face it: sometimes rushing through the airport, sitting on a crowded flight, and/or battling traffic to get to your destination can make for a less-than-desirable hair day. Luckily, female business travelers can turn to Living Proof’s Full Travel Kit for a quick fix that promises to have your hair looking like you just stepped out of the salon. The hair pros at Living Proof use science to produce their award-winning shampoos, conditioner and styling products – and the TSA-friendly travel kit is a convenient way to keep your hair in-check even on the most hectic travel days.
iWalk Universal Portable Charger – The iWalk Extreme 7500 universal portable charger is perfect for anyone with a smartphone and/or tablet. Can’t find an outlet and need to make a call? No worries – just plug in your phone using a USB cable and you’re good to go. One charge can provide up to 21 extra hours of talk time.
GRID-IT Organizer – The GRID-IT Organizer ensures you’ll never have to worry about your USB cables and/or headphones getting tangled at the bottom of your bag again. The compact organizer holds your phone and accessories in place, and even has a storage loop for your flash drives and pens. Bonus: the organizer also doubles as a mouse pad when closed.
Dash Expandable Carry-On – The Dash Carry-On easily fits in any airline’s carry-on bin and expands 2” – the perfect, compact piece of luggage to hold everything you need for a quick business trip. The Dash is lightweight (only 7 pounds), durable and switches direction on the fly. It also comes in an array of colors – from classic black to lime green – that will be sure to complement your business attire perfectly.
What business travel gifts are on your list this holiday season? We’d love to hear from you in comments below!
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